DIY Orange Pomander + Christmas Table Setting Ideas
Hello sweet Foxes! Christmas is now less than a week away, and I had one last surprise project in me before the big day. I made some traditional orange pomanders with cloves, and loved them so much, I decided to create a simple holiday table with them! I used the Cedar, Plaid & Pomegranate Table [click here] as a jumping off point and had the new look set in less than 5 minutes.
Every year I want to do so many wonderful traditional Christmas activities, and craft, and bake, and try new ideas… and so often the holiday just whooshes right by me.
Not this year though. I decorated less, inadvertently ended up leaving my tree naked (don’t really regret it) and made time to bake, and paint, and just do the little things I miss out on so much.
I’ve wanted to make orange pomanders for years. I even bought the whole cloves and everything! This year, Jimmy grabbed me some fresh oranges on a marketing trip, and I was not going to let them go to waste! Orange pomanders are so simple to make and you can do any design you choose.
TIP: I found that you will most definitely want to have a knife with a sharp point on hand. All you have to do is gently puncture the skin, or score a line, and the cloves will then pop right in with light pressure!
I went for a sort of starburst, a symmetrical design, a failed circular design (this was going to take way more whole cloves that I had on hand) and a monogram “F” for Fox.
And Foxes, they smell divine! Within about a half hour, my entire upstairs smelled like a spicy citrus heaven!
If you read my last post you’ll know that the ivory crocheted lace tablecloth, fresh Cedar “table runner”, the centerpiece and the wood slice chargers were already in place.
In that post, I talked about how easy it would be to switch out plates, napkins, etc… for a brand new look, and how you could use what you had on hand to create a similar table, use a different accent color or go neutral.
So here I am — I’m walking the walk!
I simply deleted all the red, and put a few fresh dishes in their place.
As my base, I went with those kind of rustic, speckled black plates I used in my Cozy Cottage Cabin Christmas post [click here].
I knew I was going to love those.
I may use them for New Years Eve as well!
Next, a simple neutral striped napkin.
Lastly, the creamy white salad plate with the delicate dot detail.
And LOOK, I even added silverware.
The red wine glasses made way for clear glass…
With those few small changes, it’s a whole new vibe!
The cane chair backs are calling for black velvet ribbon now, don’t you think?
Without the red, which I loved as well, it just feels quieter…
It’s truly amazing how an entire mood can change, with color.
I of course took way, waaay too many photos, as I’m want to do… but I did snap a quick shot of one of the new wood houses I painted.
This one is very simple. And I just had THE best time sitting right here at my dining table painting for a few days. Okay, wow… I guess I might actually have one more post in me before Christmas. Because several of the wood houses have little Christmas trees, and nobody wants to see those after Christmas. We shall see. I’ll try!!
Love & light, and a VERY Merry Christmas to you!! xo Shannon
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